Acid rain, or acid deposition, is a broad term that includes any form of precipitation with acidic components, such as sulfuric or nitric acid that fall to the ground from the atmosphere in wet or dry forms. This can include rain, snow, fog, hail or even dust that is acidic.
On November 27, 1994, 18 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of the South that Thanksgiving weekend, including one that hit parts of Shelby County and caused tremendous damage to the Germantown area.
The first half of the voyage was smooth with sunny skies and fair weather; the only major problem was sea-sickness. But by the second half, they began encountering a number of Atlantic storms that made the voyage treacherous.
The study of weather and the Earth’s atmosphere is called Meteorology. But where does the meteor-part stem from?The term Meteorology has quite the history deriving from the Greek word meteoron, which more or less meant “something in the sky.”
Does rain make you sleepy? If so, you’re not alone! Many people say the sound of raindrops hitting the window can put them right to sleep. In fact, people often turn on recordings of the sound of rain to help them fall asleep at night. Why does rain have this effect on people?
Ever since its formation around 4.5 billion years ago (Neoproterozoic days), Earth’s rotation has been gradually slowing down. It’s a process that continues to this day, and estimates suggest that the length of a day currently increases by about 1.8 milliseconds every century. But why is the Earth’s spin slowing down?
The ozone layer acts as a shield for life on Earth, so when scientists discovered a hole in the ozone layer, it was a matter of grave concern. In this Breakdown, we discuss the steps taken to protect the ozone layer and why it’s important we continue to make strides.
Rain or shine, winter or summer, any time spent outdoors leaves your delicate skin vulnerable to sun damage. No matter where you are -- the beach, the mountains, or just walking down the street -- if you are outside, your skin is being pummeled by the sun’s invisible, damaging, and harmful rays.